Little Samurai: Iaido

Studied by samurai warriors, iaido is a martial art that focuses on the art of swiftly and silently drawing a sword and attacking an opponent.


What will I learn in this class?

Studied by samurai warriors, iaido is a martial art that focuses on the art of swiftly and silently drawing a sword and attacking an opponent. Students study iaido kata, or movements, which are performed without an opponent and require a high level of concentration.

There are a number of styles of iaido, and this class follows the 300-year-old Iai Mugairyu school, Japan’s largest. Students first learn fundamental kata before moving on to tokumidachi movements of combat in pairs. Through practice, students learn how to adopt refined movements and posture and progress through the dan (degree) rankings.

What are the benefits of this class?
Iaido introduces students to samurai customs, etiquette and philosophy. The martial art’s techniques and training methods enhance mind and body and can be used for self-defense.

Who will teach this class?
Hougyoku Takeda is the top instructor with the Japan Mugairyu Organization, Japan’s largest traditional swordsmanship education group. As director of iaido at Hougyokukai, he holds a seventh-degree teaching license. His colleague, Ougyoku Yasumura, holds a fifth-degree rank in iaido and is an instructor with the Japan Mugairyu Organization. She is head of Hougyokukai’s Tokyo branch.
     
Ages 6–15 | Sep 7–Dec 14 | Fri | 7–8pm | 14 classes | Cancel by Sep 7 | ¥42,280

 

  • Activity Room (except Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9 & Dec 14: Toko Shinoda & Yukiko Maki classrooms)
  • No class: Nov 23
  • Required iaido set: wooden sword and sheath, obi sash and kneepads (¥14,900) and one-year sports insurance (¥1,850; renewed each April).
  • Students are charged for the iaido set on registration.
  • Prices include 8 percent consumption tax.